Leadership and Lollipops

“How many of you are completely comfortable with calling yourselves a leader?”

This is the question Drew Dudley poses as he begins his “Ted Talk” presentation in the video below. I encourage you to take a few minutes (6:14) to watch this video before continuing to read.


If you were in the audience, would you have raised your hand, or would you have been one of the many who chose to keep their hand down?

What is your definition of leadership? I could ask this question to every single person in the building and I guarantee each person would have their own definition. The definitions might have some similarities, but they would all be a little different. Are there just a few leaders in this building – the administrators, or is ICHS a building full of leaders? Once again, the answer to this question depends on your definition of leadership.

In the video above, Drew Dudley tells of the moment in his life where he realized that his definition of leadership was all wrong:

“And I’ve come to realize that we have made leadership into something bigger than us. We’ve made it into something beyond us. We’ve made it about changing the world.”

Does your definition of leadership resemble the quote above? What if we changed our definition to match Drew Dudley’s? What if we saw leadership as lollipop moments, “… how many of them we create, how many of them we acknowledge, how many of them we pay forward, and how many of them we say thank you for.”

All of us have the ability to touch the lives of hundreds of students a day. It doesn’t matter if you are a teacher, administrator, secretary, teacher’s assistant, custodian, cafeteria worker, librarian or any other position in the building. Each interaction with a student or a co-worker is a chance for a lollipop moment. Think of how many lollipop moment possibilities there are within as school year.

You have made someone’s life better by something that you said or that you did, and if you think you haven’t, think about all the hands that didn’t go back up when I asked that question. You’re just one of the people who hasn’t been told.”




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